Cleaning GreenPosted: February 5, 2012
By Julie O’Boyle
HYDROGEN PEROXIDE– this is a safe alternative to bleach. It can be a bit more expensive, so use sparingly. You can use it straight on a cloth or sponge for a concentrated bleach/disinfectant or put in a spray bottle with 50% water and 50% HP for a great kitchen and bath cleaner. One cup in your laundry instead of bleach or a 1/2 cup in the toilet when cleaning works well. Soak your toothbrushes in it to clean and disinfect them…works really well. You can use it as a mouth rinse and it helps whiten your teeth naturally, but be sure to dilute with water when you use it like this.
PURE CASTILE SOAPS– such as the famous and fabulous
“Dr. Bronners” pure castile liquid soaps. Dr. Bronners soaps have been around almost forever and have more uses than Baking Soda or just about anything. It’s extremely gentle and safe. You can even bathe and brush your teeth with it! It is available in several delectable scents, Peppermint (my favorite!!), Lavender, Almond, Tea Tree and Rose. It is very concentrated, so be careful. You can use it straight, dilute with water and/or any other green product.
PURE ESSENTIAL OILS–LEMON and ORANGE oils are great for cleaning and making your own wood/furniture polish. I take a spray bottle and put 1/4 cup olive oil, 3/4 cup white vinegar, 3/4 cup of water, 1/2 oz. of orange or lemon oil (or both) and shake up and spray on a cloth for safe and gentle cleaning and polishing of woodwork and furniture. Another use for oils including peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon, lavender, and tea tree oil is to sprinkle on your vacuum bag and/or filter. The place will smell fabulous and delicious as you suck up the dirt. If that sounds dirty…it’s because it is, so clean it up!!